Giants vs. Cowboys: Eli Manning Could Have Career Day Against This Dallas Defense

By Ryan Heckman
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In a crazy turn of events, the New York Giants are back in the NFC East race and with a win Sunday could be as close as they’ve been all season long after beginning the year 0-6. In week 12, the Giants will take on the Dallas Cowboys at home who come off a bye following a 49-17 beat down the week before against the New Orleans Saints.

Let’s be honest, here. From the get-go, the Cowboys didn’t strike anyone as a true contender. No, seriously. How could they? They’ve got a quarterback who has been phenomenal in the regular season, padding the stat sheets consistently. But, when it comes down to it Tony Romo doesn’t have that “it” factor it takes to win when it counts; i.e. the playoffs or when a berth is on the line.

With plenty of talent on the offensive side of the ball, the Cowboys still haven’t been able to put it all together. Dez Bryant has been downright scary when he’s at his best, but then again that comes with some attitude and temper tantrums ever so often. The run game has been poor all season, therefore making them one-dimensional.

On defense, Dallas is absolutely miserable where they rank last in the league.

Enter: Eli Manning.

This guy seems to always be at his best when his back is against the wall. Now that Manning and the Giants smell blood, the Cowboys’ defense could be in for a long day. Manning has had a pretty inconsistent year all-around, coming in with a rating just under 71. But, when he needs to perform the most, we know Manning is a guy that can put up some huge numbers.

Let’s not forget, Manning and the Giants have made some pretty nail-biting runs to get into the playoffs where they wound up winning the Super Bowl as a wildcard. This year is a bit different, though, as the division winner likely will be hovering around .500 and that’s exactly where the Giants are aiming: A division crown.

Ryan Heckman is a Senior Writer for RantSports.comFollow him on Twitter  @ryanmheckman, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.



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